Great Discussions

Monday A.M. - 10:00 ~ 11:30

Location:  Durham Public Library and Kittery Community Center, Kittery, ME.

Coordinator:  Carol Selsberg

Contact:  (207) 439-7957 or


There will be no starting book for Great Discussions.  Groups will be self-run according to the focus they adopt.  There will still be three groups, two meeting at the Durham Public Library and one at the Kittery Community Center.  The following format is proposed by the Great Discussions Steering Committee with representatives from all the groups and can be altered by the groups at any time.

As a starting point, it is suggested that the first discussion on Monday, September 15 might cover the subject of Plutocracy.  The book Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland is recommended as a good resource but is not a requisite read.  At the first meeting the groups are encouraged to seek two volunteers to decide on discussion subjects for each of the following two weeks.  These volunteer leaders will do whatever research they deem necessary and e-mail resource links to the group for their individual study.  The Steering Committee will provide each group a list of potential subjects, but it can't be stressed enough that each group is free to make its own selection of discussion topic.  Each week two more volunteer leaders will come forward for a total of eight volunteer leaders for the two four-week Terms.  Two weeks will give each volunteer leader lead time to do the "homework" and circulate the links to the members of the discussion group.

Remember that this is a suggested framework.  Groups are encouraged to decide what works best for them and adapt accordingly.

Term A:  September 15, 22, 29, October 6

Term B:  October 20, 27, November 3, 10